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Waltons: The Complete Ninth Season (DVD)

The final season of The Waltons is notable for the ever-changing number of people sitting at the family's long dinner table. Early in the season, with all four boys at war in Europe and Japan, plates are set for John Sr. (Ralph Waite), cousin Rose (Peggy Rea)--the de facto woman of the house with matriarch Olivia (Michael Learned) gone away--and sisters Mary Ellen (Judy Norton-Taylor), Erin (Mary Beth McDonough), and Elizabeth (Kami Cotler), plus brother Ben's wife Cindy (Leslie Winston). Once the war is over and Ben, Jim-Bob (David W. Harper), Jason (Jon Walmsley) and John-Boy (Robert Wightman, replacing Richard Thomas) are back home, the number of people seated at that table still continues to go up and down for all kinds of reasons. That fluctuation says much about the state of the family and of The Waltons itself, long past the era when all those kids were still in school and regularly eating with a full complement of parents and grandparents. With both of the latter gone and even John Sr. disappearing halfway through the season to help ailing Olivia move to Arizona, it's the young people ruling the roost now.

Things start off powerfully with the two-part "The Outrage," in which John Sr. leaps to the defense of an African-American employee, Harley (Hal Foster), who has been living under an assumed name since escaping a chain gang years before. Never a show to back off from issues of discrimination, The Waltons: The Complete Ninth Season, tackles gender bias (Mary Ellen is turned down for admission to medical school, while Erin is one of many women on Walton's Mountain who lose their jobs to returning veterans) and anti-Semitism (Jason's wonderful girlfriend Toni, played by Lisa Harrison, causes a stir when everyone discovers she's a Jew). Meanwhile, John-Boy falls in love with a Parisian bookseller who encourages him to write an article about stray land mines, though his true destiny as a writer leads him back to his roots. Ben, too, is full of ambition following the war, eager to attend engineering college but needed at the family mill after John Sr. leaves. Jason takes over the Dew Drop Inn and finds a way to make a go of it with Toni's help. Rose rediscovers love again when her dance partner, Stanley (William Schallert), returns, albeit as an emotional wreck. (The Rose-Stanley storylines in season nine are among the sweetest episodes.) In a strange development, Mary Ellen's allegedly late husband turns up, a very different and darker personality than he was before. Other new and recurring characters continue to add color and texture to the show, most notably Ike (Joe Conley) and Corabeth Godsey (Ronnie Claire Edwards), the Baldwin sisters (Helen Kleeb, Mary Jackson), and newcomer Rev. Tom Marshall (Kip Niven), who starts off a firebrand and ends up a civilizing influence over the aforementioned anti-Semitic tensions. --Tom Keogh

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  • Actors: Ralph Waite, Jon Walmsley, Judy Norton-Taylor, Mary Elizabeth McDonough, Eric Scott
  • Producers: Earl Hamner, Rod Peterson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Full Screen, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: April 28, 2009
  • Run Time: 1100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (135 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001F7AQDS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,495 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Waltons: Season 9" on IMDb

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100 of 104 people found the following review helpful By Josef E. Silvia on January 17, 2009
Format: DVD
The final season of The Waltons finds Michael Learned (Olivia Walton) no longer a cast member, while Robert Wightman has now officially joined the cast as John-Boy. Although this is the greatest weakness of the season, The Waltons still delivered intersting, and some exciting, episodes.

The season begins in the spring of 1945, and all the Walton men--save John--are fighting the war. Ben is captured by the Japanese forces, Jason has to deal with the question of killing another man, and John-Boy (played by Robert Wightman) falls in love with a French girl.

Back at home, Mary Ellen discovers a need for a doctor on the mountain and is determined to become one, while facing a great deal of opposition. Ike and Corabeth are investigated by the rations board, and a new minister comes to the mountain. Jim-Bob is frantic when a girl back home claims to have his baby, Cidny finds that she has been adopted, and the series ends with John-Boy going back to New York.

The following is an epidode list for this final season:

1. The Outrage (1)
2. The Outrage (2)
3. The Pledge
4. The Triumph
5. The Premonition
6. The Pursuit
7. The Last Ten Days
8. The Move
9. The Whirlwind
10. The Tempest
11. The Carousel
12. The Hot Rod
13. The Gold Watch
14. The Beginning
15. The Pearls
16. The Victims
17. The Threshold
18. The Indiscretion
19. The Heartache
20. The Lumberjack
21. The Hostage
22. The Revel

While the show ended in 1981, it would continue in 6 made-for-TV-movies from 1982-1997, moving from the characters from the forties and into the sixties. In these TV movies, Richard Thomas returns as John-Boy and Michael Learned is back as Olivia, while Ellen Corby makes a few appearances as Grandma. Hopefully, Warner Brothers will release these 6 TV movies, as it would be great to own the entire Walton legacy on DVD.
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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful By V. K. Manglaveras on January 8, 2009
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As someone else ALSO pointed out the waltons series ARE NOT ended with this final 9nth regular season. There are also 6 post tv movies and one prequel movie which COMPLETE the series.
The prequel movie "homecoming" is here BUT what about the remaining 6 post tv movies ?
I Hope they will be released too SOON so that we can have OUR COMPLETE WALTONS DVD COLLECTION.
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45 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Juliet on May 24, 2009
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Season 9 of the Waltons is a big disappointment. I have the entire series on DVD and enjoyed watching this show growing up. However, after reviewing season 9 DVD, I have to say that it is a disappointment. Season 9 has gotten away from the family themed show that dominated the previous 8 seasons. From Ike's infidelity, to Mary Ellen's presumed dead husband wanting nothing to do with her to the unmarried young lady claming Jim Bob is the father of her unborn child--season 9 seems to be an attempt by the producers, writers, etc.. to liberalize the show. The absence of Ralph Waite and Michael Learned for the majority of the season adds to the disappointment. The recasting of John Boy was poor. The bright point of Season 9 is the presence of Peggy Rea as Rose and the continued presence of Ronnie Claire Edwards as Corabeth.
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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Texasotan on May 28, 2010
Format: DVD
My family and I have been watching the Waltons on DVD each summer. The ninth season is one of the greatest disappointments in TV history. It seems that the writers had two pressures: 1. There is nothing more to write about; 2. This traditional family of the 1940s needs to be brought into the issues of the 1970s-80s. Jason contemplates nude dancers at his bar. Jim Bob sleeps with a woman before going off to war. Elizabeth contemplates having sex with her boyfriend on their anniversary (to which Erin says, "Moma said that you really have to love the person."). Would Olivia Walton really say that? Ike Godsey calls an escort service when Cora Beth threatens divorce. These are not the same characters of previous seasons. This is not the Waltons. Most of the season is like a poor Saturday-Night-Live spoof on the family that I remember from my childhood and have enjoyed watching with my children. I must also add that never has the acting been so cheezy. What happened? When some of the best actors left (Olivia, John, and John Boy), it seems that the others' acting ability followed the downfall of their character's integrity.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By kone TOP 500 REVIEWER on January 9, 2011
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This ninth and final season of the Waltons is a bit of a departure from the themes and values that made the previous eight seasons so wonderful to watch. I break down the ninth season into two very distinct segments: the first 11 episodes are a definite departure from the traditional Waltons, and the final 11 episodes mark a return to the core values of the show. Perhaps as the Waltons entered the decade of the 1980's the writers thought they needed more dramatic passion to hold or increase viewship. Whatever the reason, these first eleven episodes are what I affectionately call "The kissing and cussing Waltons". Truth be told, there is a whole lot of more passion, kissing, and even occasional swearing. Even John Walton is heard to say "He--". I still enjoy the episodes, but they are certainly different from what the Waltons earned their homespun family-values reputation on. A prime example of such episodes is "The Pursuit", where Jim-Bob is pursued by Kathy, a girl he dated once, who now claims (falsely) that she is carrying his baby. Then there is "The Tempest" where Mary Ellen learns her husband, Curt, is still alive, and she goes to find out why he won't come home. This is perhaps the strangest episode of the entire nine years. These are certainly different themes from what loyal viewers are used to; even the background music is different in these first eleven episodes.

The second half of season nine shows the return to typical Walton fare. There are two wonderful episodes on the character of Stanley Perkins, Rose's flame, and these are thoughtfully and tastefully done. "The Beginning" is the story of Jason's future wife, Toni, whose Jewish heritage presents a problem for the Walton family. "The Victims" is a "dark" episode about troubled men returning from World War II.
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